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The Lazy Giant: A Mokilese Myth in Conversation

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dc.contributor.advisor Harrison, K. David Rizzo-Busack, Dyan 2015-02-19T19:37:29Z 2015-02-19T19:37:29Z 2015
dc.description.abstract The telling of the myth Ledup, The Lazy Giant by two young Mokilese men, Edward Mullins and Gary Albert, is the central focus of this research. As a spoken story that the entire island of Mokil Atoll knows, but only the younger generation will tell, The Lazy Giant provides insight into Mokilese folktales and their place in the community. Since The Lazy Giant is within the context of a culture undergoing change and balancing traditions with outside influences, I explore how the story is told and also how it relates to other similar Micronesian legends. The story contains references to ideas present in other myths that combine to form the concept of the giant within Micronesian folklore. My discussion of this myth uses a transcription of the English version of the story, as it is told in both Mokilese and English. Since Mullins and Albert tell the story together, the structure of the myth within a conversational narrative and the physicality of the speakers play a role in how I unpack the presentation and flow of the story. My research addresses the themes present in the legend, including protectors, the creation and destruction of nature, and foreigners as a danger. The paper also analyzes the relationship between the legend and the community, including how components of the tale relate and reflect the location, history, and perspectives of the Mokilese people. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Swarthmore College. Dept. of Linguistics en_US
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dc.rights Full copyright to this work is retained by the student author. It may only be used for non-commercial, research, and educational purposes. All other uses are restricted.
dc.title The Lazy Giant: A Mokilese Myth in Conversation en_US
dc.type Thesis (B.A.)

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